Ricardo Takahari, a high school junior in New Mexico, was primarily concerned with APs, doing well on his finals, and perhaps impressing his crush,Cindy Harrison. He got the shock of a life-time when he woke up in the hold of The Mercurial Lady, a smuggling vessel captained and piloted by Aderyn Tetas.
Aderyn gave the shell-shocked and thoroughly bewildered Ricardo a brief introduction to the dynamics of the universe he had now discovered, informing him about warding and the political make-up of the galaxy.
After Ricardo found out that his presence on the ship was an accident, a mistake, that a warder Aderyn had hired to cast a transport ward had done something wrong, he went into a sullen fit, locking himself away.
And so begins Book the First.
How will Aderyn fare now that she has to deal with a naive and sulking teenager in addition to the various dangers of her smuggling lifestyle?